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March 14, 2018

How many Steve Ciobos does it take to change a lightbulb?


Trick question. Steve Ciobo would rather sit in the dark and complain about other people not changing it.


Today Steve Ciobo once again shirked responsibility for the lag in tourism spending on the Gold Coast, instead choosing to blame Gold Coast Tourism.


Apparently being both the Federal Minister for Tourism and a Federal Member for the Gold Coast does not qualify tourism spending on the Gold Coast as his problem.


“The truth is, Steve Ciobo would rather blame Gold Coast Tourism to distract from his record as Tourism Minister,” Said Senator Watt.

“In last year’s Federal Budget, he ripped $35 million out of funding for Tourism Australia.”

“Ciobo’s Government has also jacked up visa application charges on tourists and increased in 2016 the Passenger Movement Charge, which broke an election commitment they gave just months earlier.”

“Not to mention the way the LNP stalled crucial infrastructure projects like the light rail and M1, both vital projects for Gold Coast tourism.”

“Frankly it’s embarrassing that Steve Ciobo continues to pretend that Gold Coast tourism spending is not his problem.”

“What’s the point of having a Gold Coast based Minister for Tourism if they’re not going to make sure all efforts are being made to promote the Gold Coast?”

“If Ciobo is not willing to fight for Gold Coast tourism, then Labor will,” said Ms Scanlon.

“Over the years Labor has delivered two stages of the light rail, extensions and duplications to the heavy rail, Metricon Stadium, CBUS Stadium and the Broadwater Parklands.”

“The Palaszczuk Government has also thrown their support behind our local film industry, attracting both domestic and international productions that meant thousands of local jobs.”

“Not to mention Labor’s successful bid for the Commonwealth Games, which is predicted to generate billions for the local economy.”

Steve Ciobo needs to pull his head out of the sand and get some real investment happening for Gold Coast tourism. He’s got nobody to point the finger at but himself.